Swimming pools have opened all across the area. Whether it’s a public pool or one in your backyard, you can’t beat them for exercising, socializing and simply cooling off in the summer.
But unfortunately, according to the American Red Cross, more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools. The Red Cross is not a government agency, but is a tremendous source for home pool safety and tips that go beyond the well-known “no running” rules.
Even public pools, with lifeguards and adult supervision, carry similar risks, and operators of these facilities owe a legal responsibility to ensure they are safe. From hiring qualified lifeguards, maintaining clean water, and marking uneven places in concrete, pool operators have an obligation to keep this recreational situation safe. City, county or state health boards have a number of safety laws and regulations which they enforce by scheduled and unscheduled inspections to ensure compliance.
There are safety concerns for you to consider at both public and private pools. For example, if it is not obvious that a pool is too shallow for diving, an owner may be liable for failing to warn when a guest is injured. Posting signs can prevent a serious accident or injury.
The owner of a private pool also has a duty to warn social guests of dangers that are not obvious. Both public pool owners and private pool owners must keep a pool safe from being accessed by young children who are not supervised, since they do not understand the danger of drowning. Erecting fences with locking gates could prevent a tragic drowning.